Gayle Lambert, a social worker at the Floyd Academy, was recently honored for “Outstanding Contributions and Services to Children” from the Suffolk County Child Protective Services Board at the organization’s 35th annual Volunteer & Professional Recognition Day held at the Suffolk County Legislature’s William H. Rogers Legislative Building.
In her role as a social worker at the Floyd Academy, an alternative education program in a non-traditional school setting that specializes in reaching students in grades 10-12 who may be at risk of not graduating, Ms. Lambert has greatly contributed to the school’s success by ensuring that students’ needs are met in school and at home.
“Ms. Lambert’s knowledge, dedication, sound judgment and genuine affection for our students, as well as her expertise of at-risk behavior and social and emotional learning, are a tremendous asset to the Floyd Academy,” said John DeBenedetto, Principal, Floyd Academy. “We are blessed to have her as a member of the team.”
The Floyd Academy has been designed to offer different formats to meet the diverse needs of its students who have been identified as at-risk for graduation for various reasons. Students have individual graduation plans designed specifically to help them and prepare for success after high school. As a result of their efforts, the graduation rate of the Floyd Academy, along with that of the overall graduation rate for the district, has steadily increased since its inception three years ago.
“As the social worker for the Floyd Academy, Ms. Lambert promotes and enhances the overall academic mission by providing services that strengthen home, school and community partnerships and addresses barriers to learning and achievement,” wrote Jennifer Farnum, LCSW, Chairperson of the Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection, in her nomination letter. “Ms. Lambert significantly contributes to the development of a healthy, safe and caring environment.”
“I am honored to be recognized for this award,” said Ms. Lambert. “I recognize that it takes an entire team at the Floyd Academy to be successful and it is a privilege to work with such an incredible group of educators. We all share similar core beliefs and values and will go above and beyond to help our students meet their goals.”
The William Floyd School District continues to invest in mental health services by supporting the social and emotional health of students. Over the past several years, the district has added social workers, psychologists, counselors and other mental health professionals at all levels.